"The Downs Group’s work in our state transformed the landscape of services to older youth."
- State Independent Living Coordinator
The Downs Group, LLC recognizes that among the greatest challenges facing child welfare is the fact that older youth who come into out-of-home care have the hardest time while in care, are less likely to leave the system at all, and have fewer chances to live in safe, loving, permanent homes. We use our expertise to help your organization.
Our focus is different.
The pinball effect is when a youth bounces back and forth from one placement to the next on a repeated basis. In a perfect world, all of these youth find forever homes (i.e. placed permanently). Few child welfare organizations achieve such perfection. Stories of the 20,000+ youth who age out (reach legal adulthood) or leave child welfare organizations each year underscore just how often they changed homes, schools, friends, families and so on.
There are many private and public companies working on front end (i.e. prevention) services for youth of all ages. Many agencies work to reconnect infants and young children to families of origin and to new families via adoptions or other permanency placement. These companies do extremely important and outstanding work for other areas working with the foster care system!
These youth require specialized & concentrated support.
The Downs Group, LLC provides reasonably priced approaches with proven results in all areas of Positive Youth Development.